Risk prevention ensures the cleanest clean
Nationwide Insurance offers online training for dry cleaner owners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2007
Liz Christopher 614-249-7705
Columbus, Ohio — Dry cleaners remove stains from some of the most treasured clothing and care for high-quality fabrics to make customers’ lives a little more convenient, but they may pose a risk of injury to these same customers if they don't care for their property with the same attention to detail they use to care for their customers belongings.
Customer and employee safety is critical for building and upholding a dry cleaner’s reputation. Nationwide Insurance combines simple safety tips with online training courses for a complete safety and loss prevention package. The goal is to help small business owners keep customers and employees safe while reducing risk and insurance premiums.
“Customer service and safety are every small business owner’s top priorities,” says Dave Gettles, vice president of loss control for Nationwide Insurance. “A few preventive measures can go a long way to protect your business and keep customers returning again and again.”
Nationwide Insurance offers online safety-training courses for dry cleaning establishments, many available in both English and Spanish. The training website allows users to select the courses that fit their needs, learn at their own pace and track results. These courses are part of a larger online safety-training resource from Nationwide, which offers more than 300 classes to assist a variety of business needs. For more information, please visit safety-training.nationwide.com. These simple tips from Nationwide Insurance also offer easy ways to maintain a safe workplace for employees and patrons at minimal or no cost:
Maintain the building interior and exterior – Keep parking lots
and sidewalks in good condition. Provide dusk-to-dawn lighting for the
exterior of the building and vehicle storage area(s). Protect utilities
(gas meters, transformers, etc.) with physical barriers.
Keep walking areas free and clear – Make sure areas where
customers walk are in good physical condition and are clear of
equipment. Keep exterior walking surfaces clear of ice, snow and
Hazard prevention and control – Use modern equipment and
preventive maintenance, control leaks in dry cleaning equipment and
provide proper ventilation to minimize exposure to Perchloroethylene, a
volatile organic solvent.
- Safety measures – Dry cleaners are humid environments, so wear light layers of clothing and be sure to label hot surfaces with warning signs. Clean up water and chemical spills immediately to reduce the chance of a slip or fall.
Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $160 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #104 on the Fortune 500 list. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
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